Dec 5, 2012 7:00pm PST
and suffering as they wait. former new york city mayor rudy guiliani joins us. good evening, mayor. >> how will this unravel? >> if you take them at their word, it sounds like the president is anxious to go over the fiscal cliff, and he leaves very little room for republicans to negotiate with him with a 1.7 trillion dollar tax increase, 50 billion more in stimulus spending, and absolutely no expenditure reductions that are going to take place right now. i mean, from the point of view of republicans, you're going to get more spending decreases if you go over the fiscal cliff than if you deal with president obama. >> greta: well, it appears to many in the city that it's politico check mate for the president. if we go over the fiscal cliff, what it means is the taxes will go up on the wealthy, the big earners. it also goes up on the middle class. i assume the middle class will look to the rawp republicans foe fact that their taxes come up so political check mate. >> i'm not so sure. president obama could avoid that very simply by putting maybe two or three to one expenditure reductions on th
Dec 6, 2012 10:00pm PST
. reinventing michigan, let me just zero in on one city in your state, detroit, 18.9% unemployment which is absolutely deplorable for the people of detroit. what do you intend to do or what can you do? what can the state do to try to help the city? one city council men last night said as a quid pro quo she wants the president to bail them out. what do you plan to do about detroit? >> we are going to continue working with the city. we did a consent agreement with them earlier this year that called for a number of actions to happen because we do need better services for the citizens of detroit. they deserve it. and we need to achieve results. the problem is the mayor and the city council haven't been able to get on the same page. we are going through the process now of saying if they don't get it done, we are going to start a review, hopefully next week, that will go on for 30 days to say if it doesn't get done, there are other actions, including emergency managers that we should be considering for detroit. so i'm clearly encouraging the city and the mayor to get these issues on the table,
Dec 7, 2012 7:00pm PST
're talking about the south and your book tour in the south. you can go to some inner cities where in the last four years, things have gotten profoundly or the last eight years profoundly worse. you have an unemployment rate in detroit of 18.9% because everybody has fled detroit or it would be much worse. you now, a lot of wonderful things to say about americans, but you know, i actually share the frustration with the government who for a year and a half has sit on this fiscal cliff thing and done nothing. >> what do they do but demand to give more money to the cities that are dying and the money is not helping them. if you look even at chicago which is going to be turning into detroit when you look at the latest crime statistics. these places are going to hell, and the government isn't helping. >> greta: so i guess it's sort of the strength of america, the values, the fun things that you saw, you know, i appreciate that, but i worry about the other. >> yeah, i do, too i've got to say. there's nothing like little kids calling you sir. >> greta: i called you sir when you sat down. i said a lot
Dec 12, 2012 7:00pm PST
are all about jobs and that's what we are going to focus on. >> greta: have you focused at all on the city of detroit, which is crashing right now, on and a lot of unemployment? have you worked with the in thees to come up with a solution what you are going to do about that city? >> we have. the very basic things we need in the city of detroit. we started with with law and order on the ground. after more than 40 years of trying, we finally were able to establish a regional transit authority to move people from one place to another. a lot of folks don't have cars, but they need jobs and need to be able to get to the jobs. step by step, we are making improvement in the city of detroit. there are a lot of very serious issues and that will be a major focus of the administration over the next year, as it has been this year. >> greta: thank you, sir. and michigan protest turning really ugly and really scary for some. pro-union protesters tearing down a tent with people inside the tent, with the tent belonging to the conservative group, americans for prosperity. the violence was caught on camera.